Nausicaa (First outfit) - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind




This was for the Heroines of Ghibli group planned by MoonLily at Kita III!

And I will wear this to the Saturday of May Expo 2011, to enter for Eurocosplay (I know I won't probably get through as there are tons of people more worthy, but I wanna try anyway for fun :D)

The gun and the hat were the most rage-worthy parts, the most fun part was probably the spats, I love dem spats |3

EDIT: I'm very happy with this costume, and although I want to leave it to rest for a bit I'd love to wear it again :) The only awkward bit was the gun! and carrying it around all day, oh and the fact everyone kept walking into my sword when it was in my sheath, and stuck out an awkward way baaaaaaaaaaaaah XD

Anyway, breakdown.

The blue bits were a mixture of cotton drill (darker blue) and another type of cotton that was kinda fluffy (I forget the name - light blue).

I made the tunic from a dress pattern that I modified the neck line (although I made it too large thus I dislike the collar). I made it long to begin with and then I cut it shorter to be accurate. The collar I made from scratch, measuring around and cutting it out of interfacing as well to keep it standing up.
The flares were made from glitter tubes that foam was wrapped around and two circles of foam glued on top and bottom. They were then painted orange and red and I made the pockets that they are stored (I glued all of them to the tunic to keep them from falling out but kept one loose for the purpose of photos and IT FELL OFF AND I LOST IT AT EXPO *bawwwwws*)

The gloves I made from a pattern online, for my first non-stretchy gloves they worked alright!

The hat was a nightmare T___T I started by experimenting with a fleece hat pattern and making it bigger until it had a good shape, and the whole thing came over my face. Then , on my wig head with the wig on, I pinned and cut it into the shape it is supposed to be (but it still failed slightly, bah). I then made the two ear covers out of the material and wadding inside to make it poofy, and the two blue ridges I sewn the shape to indent the wadding to make it look 3D and then I painted them with blue acrylic. I joined the two covers with a bit of cotton and velcro. This bit kept falling apart all day and I had to constantly hot glue it DX The red bits, I cut out eye holes and then cut out bits of red filter plastic (the thing you use in stage lights) and stuck them on. This was tricky since hot glue melted the plastic a bit but it didn't stain to the other side of the hat.

The belt was made from a strip of khaki green cotton drill, and the buckle had a piece of craft foam painted gold over it, with bits of air dough stuck on. I made a little pouch and stuck that on and also attached the sword sheath.

The leggings were bought off Ebay. The boots I already had. The spats were made from the darker blue cotton and had a layer of wadding inside to make them poofy, and then I attached the four rectangle things onto the back (I have no idea what they were) and the strap underneath the boots. To keep them from falling down I velcrod them to the leggings although I had to keep applying double sided tape over the day to keep them sticking. Baah.

The sword was foam board in 3 parts to make it 3D and then masking tape was wrapped around it before paper mache. Then it was painted and varnished and the details were made from craft foam.

The gun (OH GOD) was also horrible. I started off with a foam tube from B&Q, and made the parts for it out of cardboard. I masking taped it all and paper mached. Then when it came to the instant paper mache layer I used a tiny bit of it at a different consistency and while it worked to a certain extent the horrible macheing still came through >___<. I then painted it all with matte white paint to begin with and then painted it silver and blue. The details were made from milliput, and the triangle thingies that attach the shoulder strap were made from wire hot glued together. I was worried about the strength but it seemed to hold out all day, yay! The biggest problem I had with the gun during the day was the paint cracking. What had happened was since the core was foam and therefore flexible, I needed to have made more paper mache layers to keep it strong, however this did not happen and thus it bended slightly and cracked in various places. If I EVER redo the gun, I will be using a PVC pipe for the core.


picklesofdoom posted on 5 May, 2010 - 22:33
Oh look....IT A COMMENT! :D hehehe love Nausicaa and so can't wait to see this cosplay!! <3<3<3

Freyarule posted on 6 May, 2010 - 08:27
Hehe thankyou me dear :) I really love Nausicaa too <3

kittenaid posted on 6 May, 2010 - 13:46
I love her! When I first watched It i thought she had a very short skirt on with no pants...then i realised they were trousers! Good luck.

Freyarule posted on 6 May, 2010 - 15:16
Thanks very much :) And I know what you mean! I thought that too XD the trousers are so close to her skin tone you don't know what to think lmao ^^

Moonchild posted on 7 May, 2010 - 10:48
oooh where are you getting those beads from?? I'm looking for simular ones for my Nia cosplay ^^ biggest ive found is 40mm i think...

kawaii-kerri posted on 7 May, 2010 - 11:06
this is amazing I lovelovelove Nausicaa! this will be fantastic will keep an eye out for your updates and progress ^_^

Freyarule posted on 7 May, 2010 - 17:46
@MissColzyChan: I bought them off ebay my dear, but I think they might be a bit too small for Nia, the dimensions are 16x6mm :) I did see some larger beads though if you wanted to take a look! @kawaii-kerrI: Aww thanks very much! I hope I don't disappoint :)

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 6 March, 2011 - 19:26
Your working really hard on this it looks great. ^_^

J-Po posted on 6 March, 2011 - 22:52
your really good at this i want the gun :D

Freyarule posted on 6 March, 2011 - 22:59
Thankyou! I've been neglecting her a bit due to Stiltzkin but now that he's mostly finished this week is all about the bulk of her being made :D

Myu posted on 9 March, 2011 - 23:02
lovely progress so far :) And yay teto !!! Im going to Kita as Sheeta :) would be great to get photoness !

Freyarule posted on 10 March, 2011 - 08:46
Thankyoou! I think you're in the Ghibli group too? So we will most definitely get piccies :D

Blinx posted on 16 March, 2011 - 17:44
This is win Looking good so far~

picklesofdoom posted on 16 March, 2011 - 19:11

.neverbell posted on 21 March, 2011 - 20:29
i would LOVE to do this outfit it's so nice! it looks great so far as well i can't wait to see it at kita =D

Freyarule posted on 21 March, 2011 - 20:57
Thankyou! I'm really glad you like it so far :)

Refira posted on 20 May, 2011 - 01:19
Very nice. I really like this! ^^ Shame I'm not able to take Teto to Expo, or we could have taken pictures together. :/ If you decided to enter the Masquerade/Eurocosplay - good luck, and have fun! ^^

Freyarule posted on 20 May, 2011 - 08:39
Aww thankyou my giant teto <3 XD I know, bad timing Q__Q but if you do wear him again, I might be tempted to make another of her outfits :D

Lady Bahamut posted on 4 June, 2011 - 17:11
I've still not seen this (I WILL PROMISE) but you looked super awesome X3 And I like the gun! Don't be so mean to it XD

Freyarule posted on 4 June, 2011 - 18:06
WATCH EEET XDDD LMAO I do love the gun really, I just wish I'd thought about making it stronger and stuff XD;;

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 5 June, 2011 - 21:44
You make and incredible Nausicaa, and the costume's so well made!

Freyarule posted on 6 June, 2011 - 12:43
Thankyou!! That's very kind of you >///<

Storme posted on 21 July, 2011 - 11:37
How have I not mentioned how awesome this is? YAY NAUSICAA! You look adorable.

Freyarule posted on 21 July, 2011 - 11:52
Dawww thanks my dear <3 :D

Manticore posted on 7 September, 2011 - 12:47
Loves this loved this loved this! Did I mention I love Nausica!

Freyarule posted on 7 September, 2011 - 14:45
You didn't but I know now!! XDD glad you like Cap'n!

Siouxsie James posted on 27 March, 2013 - 23:45
<3 this is a lovely cosplay :) wish I'd have seen it irl!!

Freyarule posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:10
Thank you my fellow Nausicaa! :D <3

Siouxsie James posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:59
I'd love to know how you made the mask as I haven't even thought about it yet :P also I have no clue how to sew the top, did you use a pattern?

Freyarule posted on 28 March, 2013 - 18:09
I used a dress pattern which I modified to include the collar :) any long sleeve dress pattern will work well, you just have to make sure it's not too long! XD for the mask, I glued bits of craft foam together (the front bit with the holes cut in, and then a long strip to make it stick out - if that makes sense) and then stuck black chiffon on the inside to make it easier to breathe XD then used craft foam again for the bits at the side across my cheeks, they go up to my ears where I used elastic round my ears to hold it in place :) the floppy bits are fabric stuck on :) the whole thing was paper mached and then painted, but I wouldn't recommend it too much, as due to the strain it got when wearing it it started to crack a bit in certain areas >___<

Siouxsie James posted on 29 March, 2013 - 00:05
Thanks for sharing your wisdom ^^ think I'll try to foam and will be careful about the finishing of it (maybe no paper mache?) And I'll keep an eye out for a decent pattern, I have a friend that I think can make them! I like the fact that you've made the gun too!!

Freyarule posted on 29 March, 2013 - 09:22
No problem at all <3 the gun isn't amazing because I used a flexible foam tube as the core when I should have used something more rigid XD; it cracked all over the place on the day!

Siouxsie James posted on 29 March, 2013 - 09:24
Oh no!!! That's terrible!! Note to self don't use those foam tubes O_O you can't tell in the pictures though >.<

Freyarule posted on 29 March, 2013 - 10:22
Haha, I'm glad! XD

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Progress Journal

22nd May 2011


I've been paper macheing the gun, almost dry :) then I have to make a big decision - try and make the paper clay work? (it gave me hell when doing the wrench) Get some gesso and use that to smooth it? Or keep it as it is (not really wanting to do that D:)?

9th March 2011

Gloves finished, tunic 90% done!

I finished off the tunic, only need to buy some tubes, cover/paint them orange and then sew on the fabric cases on the tunic below the shoulders for the ammo thingies. Also need to hem the bottom but I'm unsure as to whether to keep it long or chop it a bit - Nausicaa's skirt is rather short but I'm a bit uneasy with baring all like that so I'll decide once the leggings have arrived and I can test out viewability of underwear :P

White leggings bought off ebay, also white shoes. The shoes and leggings looked like the same colour on all refs, and I just need to make spats out of the darker blue material.

The gloves are finished :D first time making non-stretchy gloves, hoo boy. I used a glove pattern I found on google along with a tutorial, but the tut was a bit pointless, a lot I figured out myself. Also got the tube bits at the bottom of the gloves with the "dots" made of out the same material as the tunic. It's annoying to verify exactly what the gloves look like as every ref is different :S

Next I'm currently making the belt, I've got a buckle that I'll be gluing craft foam to painted gold. Either that or make out of air dough, or have a mix. Then I'll make the little bag she has, the spats, and then decide on whether I'm making the sword and mask thing. I probably should since it'll be more accurate.

12th February 2011


I bought a long foam pipe thing from B&Q the other day, and am using that as the base for Nausicaa's gun :D I've got some cardboard boxes that I gutted and have basically done a cardboard, foam pipe and duct tape job. I will paper mache it then paint it over. It's wonderfully lightweight so I'm happy!

I also got a better wig (the first one I got was too red T__T) and I've cut the fringe. I'll need to put some spray on it to seperate it a bit though.

Now I just need to start the blooming costume T__T

4th September 2010

Sorta progress

So the beads I got for her earrings weren't big enough int he end, but I have found some PERFECT ones on ebay that I've been watching for a long time now, until I have the money for them as they are expensive (BUT IT'LL BE WORTH IT THEY ARE AMAZING)

In other news, my boyfriend neko_riddles at the August JAF recently, he bought me a Teto plushie TwT they had a stall with Studio Ghibli plushies and we both saw the Teto, and I didn't think he was gonna buy it but he crept away at some point and bought it 8D it's so cyoot. Gonna have so much funs with my Teto x3

other than that, no progress on Nausicaa until after Expo, and then I can focus on my 2011 cosplays!